Treasured time

At this very moment, while a sink full of dishes is calling to be done, this is happening …


Exploration on a grand scale. Fascination with how things work. Giddy calls to me, “Mama, come see what I got apart.”


She is so thrilled; I am so thrilled for her. I leave the dishes to capture this moment.

As the shutter clicks, I can’t help but think about the Anna Quindlen quote I’ve seen a number of places: ” … but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

It’s true. The dishes don’t really matter.


2 Responses to “Treasured time”

  1. Molly Irwin Says:

    Hey Pam:
    That’s cool. How old is she? Amazing curiousity with those tools. Thanks for leaving comments on my blog too. Always good to know who’s out there. – Molly

  2. sagecohen Says:

    This gave me the goose bumps. Thank you!

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